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Beach zoning board recommends land use change for elevator rail spur

BEACH -- A proposed rail spur that would alleviate the Beach Grain Cooperative’s issues with trains took its first step toward becoming a reality Monday morning.

The Beach Zoning Board unanimously recommended that the city rezone 156 acres of land on the east side of town from agricultural to commercial, zoning board chair Al Begger said.

The land, which would be purchased by Beach Grain from a local farm, would be the site of a $7M railroad extension where grain cars could be moved when being loaded by the elevator.

Begger said about 30 people were at the 8 a.m. meeting. The proposal has sparked conversation within the community because of its proximity to existing homes and others being built.

The Beach City Council will review the recommendation at its regular meeting Monday night.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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